Guiliano also announced the establishment of a new Presidential Endowed Professorship, funded with a $1M gift. The endowed chair recipient will be selected among untenured faculty who teach or research English, computer science, psychology, mathematics, physics or biology.
In his 13th convocation address, a speech that touched on NYIT’s strengths and global expertise, Guiliano noted gains in several areas, including grants, faculty scholarship, and accreditation renewals, as well as NYIT’s third certification over the last three years as a "Great College to Work For" by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Guiliano praised NYIT’s role as “an idea incubator…where academia, commerce, innovation, and culture mingle, and cross-fertilize to engage meaningfully in research, development, and other activities that contribute to the understanding and betterment of the world.”
He also reminded the audience about current challenges: rising expenses, financial hurdles, enrollment, and, most recently, summer storms that necessitated costly repairs. In the classroom, he said, one of the main challenges is meeting the needs of students of today and tomorrow – the so-called “screeners” ̶ who demand “rich give and take” with teachers and peers, including those around the world.
“Being a model 21st-century global university is an opportunity to differentiate ourselves in the face of the Academy’s dramatic evolution,” he said.
He urged faculty and staff to forge stronger ties with students “through the teaching, advisement, and service processes,” and suggested they engage, motivate, and inspire students by incorporating more internships, clinical experiences, international opportunities and chances for hands-on learning.
“We agreed in our 2030 vision that we need to refocus our traditional curricula and courses toward more cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural efforts, and that we must passionately pursue new approaches to the challenges we put in front of our students,” he said. “Each faculty member has the power and ability to change, to become even more engaging. Each of us has the ability to make a difference in the lives of our students.”
NYIT will continue to work toward its 2030 goal to develop new interdisciplinary centers, comprising faculty participation from three or more academic schools and created through an institution-wide selection process.
The convocation also included presentations of the Presidential Technology Awards. Vice President for Health Sciences and Medical Affairs Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, and Vice President of Academic Affairs Rahmat Shoureshi, Ph.D., presented the following faculty members with awards:
Associate Professor and Physical Therapy Department Chair Karen Friel and Associate Professor Veronica Southard – Technology in the Teaching and Learning Process for Full-Time Faculty
Interdisciplinary Studies Adjunct Assistant Professor Vinh Pham – Technology in the Teaching and Learning Process for Part-Time Faculty
School of Architecture and Design Associate Professor Jason Van Nest – The Use of Technology in Research and/or Creative Expression
Senior Engineer, Technology Based Learning Systems, Yong Ra – The Use of Technology in the Service of Students
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